LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - Tell state and federal representatives to govern


Whatever happened to "government of the people, by the people, and for the people?"

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, is the most powerful man in the U.S. today. Hundreds of Republican senators, representatives and legislators at the state and federal levels have taken his pledge that there will be no new taxes. As a result, many states and the United States are in grave financial difficulties.

If you were in business and it cost money to do business, would you pledge not to make any more income to pay those costs? Would you pledge not to make any income so you could maintain and improve your infrastructure? Would you pledge not to make any income so you could educate and train future employees? We don't have senators and representatives in Washington, D.C., governing for us, the people. Once they get there, they think their only duty is to play party politics and get re-elected.

There are simple solutions to seeing that Medicare and Social Security are fully funded for the future. Put the medical care and retirement plans of the U.S. senators and representatives in Medicare and Social Security. You can be sure they will keep the programs fully funded.

Why is it that the people who are getting the most economic benefit from living in the United States are paying the least or no taxes to support the country? Over 50 percent of Americans, mostly the richest ones, pay no income tax.

Yet you and I, those of us who do pay income tax subsidize the rich to have corporate jets, own lavish estates, and earn prodigious incomes at our expense -- with our tax dollars.

If Grover Norquist is really an American, and really for tax reform, shouldn't his pledge be that Republicans shall work with Democrats to reform taxes so that everyone pays their fair share. Shouldn't he insist that the United States take in enough revenue to provide benefits for the people, and pay its bills like we all have to?

Tell your state and federal representatives you want them to govern for you, the people!

John McKern
Walla Walla


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